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I am hoping to recruit a graduate student (MS or PhD) to study the lower Arkansas River (in Arkansas and Oklahoma), beginning in Summer or Fall 2021. 

The goal is for a student to tackle one of the many open questions surrounding the lower Arkansas River (in Arkansas and Oklahoma) relating to sediment transport, meander migration, Quaternary stratigraphy, engineering influences, and how this river influences the region’s culture and economics. Field work, numerical modeling, and harnessing big datasets are likely research approaches. Collaboration with with Drs. Glenn Sharman (Cenozoic Evolution), Jill Marshall (Pleistocene sediment yields), and Heather Nachtmann (barge transportation) are possible. 

PhD applications are preferred, as Dr. Shaw will likely be on sabbatical in the 2021-2022 academic year. MS students would ideally be available for field work in the spring or summer of 2021, and will be advised with weekly virtual meetings during the sabbatical (kind of like now). Dr. Shaw has a track record of advising students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Shaw (shaw84@uark.edu) for more details. In the email, please describe your general scientific interests, relevant course work, as well as a little about yourself. See http://graduate-recruitment.uark.edu/applying/degree-seeking.php for more details on the application process, and http://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/geosciences/graduate/index.php for available degree programs in our department.

The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Application materials can be found on the department webpage.

Reconaissance trip to Arkansas River near Pendleton, AR, in 2020.


“If we were inhabitants of another element – if the great ocean were our domain, instead of the narrow limits of the land, our difficulties [as geologists] would be considerably lessened; while, on the other hand, there can be little doubt, although the reader may, perhaps, smile at the bare suggestion of such an idea, that an amphibious being, who should possess our faculties, would still more easily arrive at sound theoretical opinions in geology, since he might behold, on the one hand, the decomposition of rocks in the atmosphere, and the transportation of matter by running water; and, on the other, examine the deposition of sediment in the sea, and the imbedding of animal remains in new strata. he might ascertain, by direct observation, the action of a mountain torrent, as well as of a marine current; might compare the products of volcanos on the land with those poured out beneath the waters; and might mark, on the one hand, the growth of the forest, and on the other that of the coral reef.”
Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, vol. 1 (1830)

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